IYENGAR® YogaThe Iyengar method of yoga is named after our teacher Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar.
The teaching helps you focus on correct alignment of the body in poses ensuring you’re working safely, with maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing.
Classes generally start with simple poses and gradually move towards more advanced poses, ending with a period of relaxation and sometimes incorporating breathing techniques. Props, such as blocks and belts, are sometimes used in class to allow those with less strength or flexibility to work correctly and achieve their full potential.
The postures are very precise and you will be guided through them by experienced teachers who are trained to make appropriate adjustments for different physiques and for people with specific problems.
The classes can be hard work, as the poses involve intense stretching; however, you will leave the class feeling lighter and calmer. The immediate benefits of Yoga are greater flexibility and strength, and better physical health.
As you continue with your practice, psychological and spiritual benefits begin to appear.
What to expect and frequently asked questions
Am I too old or unfit to practice yoga?
Yoga is suitable for all ages. Yoga will tone and stretch your body, improve your posture and calm and quieten your mind. Whatever your current fitness levels, yoga will improve your strength, suppleness and stamina.
Can I do yoga if I have an illness or injury?
Yes. Discuss any injury or illness with me before the class so I can provide alternative poses according to your requirements.
Can I attend your yoga class if I am menstruating?
Yes, you can. Tell the teacher if you are menstruating before the class so alternative poses may be used.
What are the benefits of yoga to me?
The basic postures build strength and stamina, improve muscle tone, flexibility and alignment. Practising them reduces tiredness and soothes the nerves. Yoga also trains and disciplines the mind so concentration is improved. The immediate benefits of yoga are greater flexibility and strength. As you continue with your practice, psychological and spiritual benefits begin to appear.
Are there men in your yoga classes?
Yes, many men attend my classes. Yoga provides a fun and social path to health for all – women and men.
What should I wear for my yoga class? Wear clothes that allow you to move easily. Most people wear shorts or leggings and a t-shirt. Have bare feet.
Do I need to bring equipment?
For my home studio classes, there is no need to bring anything as my studio is fully-equipped. For classes in the local halls, you will need to bring your own mat. If you don’t have one, please bring a blanket or towel to use. Non-slip yoga mats are available for purchase in a range of colours for £10.
Angela and Student Testimonials
As a suggestion of friends who enjoyed practicing yoga with me I started training as a iyengar yoga teacher in 2002 passing my introductory certificate in 2005.
Hello, I’m Angie Hulm, owner of AH Yoga.
Since 2005, I have found that people come to yoga for many reasons. In my classes, I aim to create a homely feel for students, resulting in a welcoming community of mixed ability yoga students.
But let me start by telling you a little more about myself.
I have lived in Bromley since 1963 and began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1980. Madeleine introduced me to attend an Iyengar Yoga weekend retreat to get over a broken romance I loved how happy and in control I felt by the end of the weekend.
As a young adult with RA. I was pleased that Iyengar yoga helped me keep my symptoms in check.
After the birth of my second child in 1996 I suffered a severe flare up RA requiring steroids.
My regular yoga practice gave me the hope that I could avoid the potentially life-threatening side effects of this cocktail of drugs, which though an exclusion diet I was able to do. My GP and consultant has been impressed that even through physical and emotional trauma I had no flair ups of RA since being discharged by the consultant in 2001.
Following redundancy from Roffey and Clarks bookshop in 1984 I lectured and taught retail staff at BCTI.
On qualifying as an Introductory Iyengar yoga teacher in 2005, I established AH Yoga. I passed Iyengar yoga teaching qualifications to Junior Intermediate level 1 standard in 2008.
I also have a certificate in education and an MBA, having worked and taught Business in London school and colleges within both statutory and private sectors for over 30 years.
As part of my own practice, I attend regular classes with senior Iyengar teachers. In 2016, I was taught at the RIMIYI Yoga Institute in Pune, India – the home of Iyengar yoga.
I believe in providing gentle and general Iyengar yoga classes with small numbers of students. This may be in my well-equipped home studio in West Wickham or in local halls. I provide individually adapted postures to tailor the class to your needs. This enables me to support you to practice gently, or to challenge yourself with deeper practices and a fuller range of postures.
As a result, my classes are suitable for beginners, improvers and returners.
Give yourself some time - you are worth it!
"I have been going to Angela's classes for quite some years now. After experiencing other yoga teachers Angela's teaching technique and knowledge is far superior. She cares about each and every person in her class and knows of any ailments or problems and has helped us all. I had a knee and back problem for over a year and with Angela's help I am now back to full strength. I thoroughly recommend Angela's classes for vitality, fitness and relaxation - as well as a great group."
‘It’s great to relax!’
Jo C from West Wickham
"I have been going to Angela's classes for many years. She is an amazing teacher, very experienced and helpful during the class. The difference from Angela's classes than others I have attended are that you tell she loves what she teaches and she also makes sure you gain the benefit from her teaching by watching you in each posture and correcting any errors so that you learn exactly how do each pose right. I would certainly recommend Angela and her classes not only for fitness but for relaxation and benefits to health."
"I have been going to Angela's classes since the summer 2008, Angela showed me the bridge pose and wow I have never looked back. Back problems are now a thing of the past! Angela is a positive and inspiring person and a very caring and patient teacher :-)"
‘It really makes you think, and learn to control your body’
‘It’s really toned & tightened my bum!’ ‘I can’t believe I don’t get backache anymore’
AH Yoga for All
Challenge yourself, relax more deeply. Carefully structured varied 75 or 90 minute classes will help you to deepen your yoga practice. Suitable for fit beginners and experienced practitioners. Restorative class every 4th week.
Classes of asanas (postures) will include standing, sitting, twisting, back bending and inverted poses.
Classic postures are used in a dynamic, precise way to achieve balance of both mind and body. Relaxation and Pranayama (breathing practices) will be included in every class.Pranayama (breathing practices) will be included.
I structure the classes as a series of 4 classes, each series exploring a set of postures (asanas) and breathing (pranayamas) in a variety of ways. In this way your understanding develops as you learn how to improve your mobility and flexibility, whilst gaining mental and physical stability and steadiness. Attend Angela's well equipped home studio to benefit from small classes in a cosy environment. , Backbender, swing blankets, bricks and belts provided as well as mats.
AH Yoga Abroad - Portugal
On Saturday 29th September to Saturday 6th October spend a week practising yoga with like minded people in the Algar Seco, Faro, Portugal. From £450. Email Angelahulm@hotmail.com with the subject line 'Portugal' for more information or download a booking from within the AH Yoga News feed below.
Weekend Retreat - Kent
From Friday 12th October to Sunday 14th October, come on a three day retreat to Oxon Hoalth County Estate in Hadlow, Kent. From £280. Email Angelahulm@hotmail.com with the subject line 'Kent' for more information or download a booking from within the AH Yoga News feed below.
At Home at 21 Addington Road, West Wickham, Kent BR4 9BW
Maximum 9 students – Daytime classes Saturday through to Thursday. Times vary every month, email registration and booking essential. Carpeted comfortable fully equipped home studio with ceiling fan. Blankets, bolsters, ropes, swing, and a backbender are available, as well as mats, bricks, belts and blocks. 75 minute classes. Restorative class every 4th week.
Gentle At Home Class
75 minute class suitable if you are out of condition and need more support. A slower paced class so you get careful attention and time to understand how to practice yoga.
West Wickham Methodist Church, Hawes Lane, corner of Linden Leas, West Wickham BR4 9AA
Weekly classes on Saturday mornings 11:00am to 12:30pm
Minor Hall, Assembly Halls, 16 - 18 Gates Green Road, West Wickham, BR4 9JW
Weekly classes on Tuesday evenings 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Yoga for All - Maximum 20 students 90 minute class includes the full range of introductory asanas and pranayamas, with some intermediate practices. Restorative class every 4th week. Clean modern laminate floor. Bring your yoga kit. Work at your level to improve your postures and experience the full benefits of yoga. Buses 246, 138, 119, 314 and 353 run nearby.
Pricing - £10 drop in or any 6 classes for £50 or unlimited classes for a month £50